CES is officially came and went. It’s always exciting to watch companies launch new, innovative tech products each year at the show. Although this year’s CES may look a bit different, companies like Lenovo show no signs of letting up.
Lenovo took this year’s CES as an opportunity to launch a plethora of new innovative consumer and enterprise devices ranging from tablets to notebooks to AR glasses. I have covered Lenovo’s CES launches for the last five years (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020), and I was hoping the company would deliver big as it has in recent years. Let’s dive a little deeper into the announcements.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i
One of the first notebooks that I will touch on is the new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i. The notebook isn’t wholly new, but instead a new version of the system. The latest version of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i has a new 14″ OLED display made by Samsung sporting 2880 x 1800 resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio. OLED displays are typically more vibrant than traditional LCD and covering a more comprehensive array of DCI-P3 colors. The display will now support up to 90Hz and support Dolby Vision. The addition of this new panel will dramatically improve the viewing experience on this system configuration. When I am binging Netflix and YouTube, it will at least look more precise and colorful. That may be a poor way of rationalizing it, but oh well.
The new system version will also support up to 11th Gen Core i7 processors with Iris Xe graphics and NVIDIA GeForce MX450 discrete GPUs. This variant of the Yoga Slim 7i will surely be more performant thanks to the upgraded hardware. When you add a great display and new hardware to an already excellent consumer system, it creates a pretty compelling notebook. I am excited to try out one of the latest variants of the Yoga Slim 7i.
Lenovo Yoga AIO 7
The next system we looked at is the Lenovo Yoga AIO 7. The new Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 is a unique take at an all-in-one desktop PC design. The 27″ AIO comes with a 4K IPS display and JBL Harman-certified stereo speakers located at the bottom of the display stand. The exciting part of the design is its ability to rotate the display to a vertical orientation. Users can also tilt the display from zero to 20 degrees for a more customized viewing experience. I like the ability to fully customize the display orientation because no users’ desk space and use case are the same.
One of my typical concerns when using an AIO PC as a desktop is the performance. The systems often use mobile CPUs that are more well suited for a less demanding notebook use case. For this system, that is very far from the case. Lenovo went with up to a Ryzen 7 4800H processor to pair with the system. As long as the system has enough RAM, I see no reason that this AIO won’t perform exceptionally well in productivity, gaming, and content creation thanks to the eight cores and sixteen threads of that Ryzen processor. On the graphics side of the house, the system also supports up to an NVIDIA 2060 GPU. This desktop has a killer 4K display, great CPU and GPU configuration, and a nice set of JBL and Harman speakers to top it off. I like the sound of that combination. The system comes standard in two color options, including Cloud Grey and Moon White. Both of the color options look modern and sleek. The Lenovo Yoga AIO 7, also known as the Yoga 27 in China, is currently available in China and available in select regions starting in February. The starting price of the system is $1,599.
Another exciting device that Lenovo launched is the Lenovo Tab P11. This new tablet has an 11-inch HD 2K (2000 x 1200) touchscreen IPS liquid crystal display at 400 nit’s brightness. To me, that is plenty of screen real estate to get some light productivity workloads done like email, video conferencing, or streaming entertainment. Of course, I would have to add the optional keyboard to the tablet to fit my use case. I could see myself using this system in run and gun fashion, whipping it out to respond to emails quickly or editing a presentation at the airport.
The system is powered by the Snapdragon 662 Mobile Platform with support for LTE and contains 6GB of RAM. Lenovo claims up to 15 hours of use within a single charge on everyday workloads. With the Snapdragon chip, I would imagine these tablets will be pretty power efficient. The device is available in Slate Grey or Platinum Grey, which sits on an aluminum alloy chassis. I believe the Lenovo Tab P11 is a great deal at $229.99, and I don’t see any reason Lenovo won’t sell a boatload of them. I will likely be picking up a few of these as birthday gifts for my nieces and nephews this year.
ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses
The ThinkReality A3 smart glasses are a new pair of enterprise smart glasses that seek to make work more efficient and lower downtimes. In 2018, Lenovo stated that the company’s goal is to be #1 in the AR/VR space. I remember hearing this goal from the company in person, and this launch seems consistent with the company’s goals.
The ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses have dual 1080P displays with dual fish-eye cameras. The glasses use AR to display customizable virtual monitors and 3D virtualization for training and workflows. The glasses will pair via USB-C with a PC or a preselected group of Motorola smartphones. The system is built with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform, has dual 1080P displays, up to 5 virtual displays, an 8MP RGB camera, and dual fish-eye cameras. I could see the value in adding more virtual monitors while using your PC. You don’t have to create more desk space to house a second, third, or fourth monitor when Lenovo can use the AR Smart Glass to virtualize one into existence. I haven’t utilized a ton of AR in my day-to-day use, but I would be interested in trying out a pair of these glasses. The ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses will be available for purchase in select markets worldwide around this year’s midpoint.
The systems that I touched on today in no way covers the entirety of what Lenovo launched at CES, and I encourage you to visit its website to see all of the new product offerings. The latest products that I covered in this article are impressive. The new tablet, PCs, and AR Smart Glasses make me feel like Lenovo covered all bases with its announcements this year. In my opinion, Lenovo showed displayed that the company is innovating at a tremendous rate by adding new hardware, features, and products to provide better collaboration and entertainment experiences. With the massive resurgence of the PC in 2020, it seems like Lenovo took that momentum to heart with its new PC and AIO announcements as well. This CES launch was exactly what I have come to expect out of Lenovo. I will be covering many more launches throughout this week, so be on the lookout.
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